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Book Review: From Classic to Contemporary by Cullman and Kravis

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You all know how much I love design books. I can’t get enough of them! I even have a new library in my recently renovated home where my collection of design and architecture books live and they are alphabetized so I can get my hands on the perfect book at a moments notice.

I love to scour design books to find new inspiration, to fill my weekends lingering on innovation and creativity and I use books in all of my designs as accessories for a collected look that’s functional too!

Today I’m excited to share From Classic to Contemporary a new design book that is sure to become one of my favorites. This is the third book by the distinguished design firm Cullman and Kravis; you might recognize them from the 2017 AD100 list! This amazing firm out of New York City focuses on mixing traditional interiors with contemporary art to create fabulous interiors, which are comfortable without being overly formal. And friends, if you love color like me, then you will LOVE their work.

As you can tell from the cover, this book is a collection of their most extraordinary designs. Throughout the book, you will see several traditional design elements such as detailed crown molding, ornate antiques, and elegant chandeliers. These classic components are contrasted by contemporary art with clean lines to give these spaces a fresh look that is right up my alley!

Here’s just a little sneak peak at what’s inside the book! I love this study in bright sky blue and bold red. The traditional carpet introduces all of the colors that are echoed in the beautiful bulls eye art above the sofa. Yes, please!

And is there anything more chic than an all-white living room? Cullman and Kravis add pops of color in the art mixed with the metallic elements in the art and coffee tables for sophisticated style. I love the exposed wood backs on the settees to mix in a more natural element. This design is more modern than the previous study space, but carries out the idea of a formally comfortable space.

And I’m in love with this kitchen! The octagon motif on the ceiling, the crisp white cabinets, and the serene green accents are fabulous! It features all of the modern appliance luxuries for anyone who loves to cook while maintaining a cozy aesthetic with dark wood floors and exposed hinges.

I’m already feeling so inspired and cooking up some fresh ideas for a few upcoming projects! What do you think? If you want to get a better look at these interiors and the rest of Cullman and Kravis’ amazing designs, get your copy of their book (or gift it to the design lovers on your list this holiday season) here- From Classic to Contemporary: Decorating with Cullman & Kravis






Book Review: An Eye for Beauty by Beth Webb

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It’s time for holiday shopping to commence and thankfully it’s that time of year when many gorgeous design and architecture books hit stores. I am excited to tell you about the new (and first) book by amazing Atlanta Interior Design Beth Webb and it would make a fabulous stocking stuffer or hostess gift for the design lovers on your list. This book brilliantly highlights her designs as “Rooms That Speak to the Senses”, one of the keystones of Beth’s design philosophy. Evident on the beautiful glossy pages, is that Beth creates homes that evoke timeless style while speaking to the five senses. Throughout this glorious oversized book, Beth walks you through how each design element, both tangible and visible, add to the overall aesthetic of the space as well as the well-being and evolution of those living there. This concept so resonates with my focus on well-being and self care and Beth’s work on these lovely pages gave me a whole new appreciation for softer palettes and layered textures.

Beth is a master with a neutral color palette, blending natural elements that are warm and inviting. Can you imagine sitting in this living room looking out of the beautiful wood double doors to that gorgeous greenery beyond? The mix of texture is so rich and delicious and is such a seamless transition to nature and the outdoors. One couldn’t help but be well and vibrant in Beth’s creations.

I also love how original art is used in Beth’s work throughout the book to infuse spaces with such calm color and unique style! Her rooms provide the perfect backdrop to display carefully curated collections, like this pretty grouping of plates. All of Beth’s designs focus on chic neutral or soft color palettes with meticulously layered textures to keep the space comfortable and natural, while able to withstand the tolls of everyday life.

I’ve known Beth personally for many years, and now with her first book, I’m very excited for you to see more of her work that spans from Atlanta to Costa Rica. I think you will fall in love with her designs as much as I have. Pick up a copy of her book, An Eye for Beauty: Rooms that Speak to the Senses, here for you or the design enthusiast on your shopping list!







Tobi’s Book Club 2014 Business Reading List

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I read daily and, as I have said before, I am a bit of a geek when it comes to my book selections.


I am consistently landing in the business and self-help area of Amazon by choice, downloading these titles to my Kindle app, even for my vacation reading. I am passionate about improving my business and my life. It’s honestly my idea of FUN!


Ok, so I DO exercise the real way, too. But if your idea of a FUN workout is reading business books in bed ’til your arms hurt like mine, you may just want to know which books I am reading and critiquing for Tobi’s Book Club in 2014.


1. Lean In by Sheryl Sandberg – A book I think every woman should read.



2. Start With Why by Simon Sinek – How to discover what you really want in life and business.


3. Daring Greatly by Brene Brown – A breakthrough book on how vulnerability is the only way to really reach our dreams and true joy.


4. The War of Art by Steven Pressfield – A genius (and a bit irreverent) way to get in touch with your most creative self.


5. Blue Ocean Strategy by W. Chan Kim and Renee Mauborgne – A brilliant work on carving out a strategy for your business where there is no competition.


6. My Stroke of Insight by Jill Bolte Taylor – One of my favorite books I’ve ever read. This is a book about how to find true peace and how to stay there no matter what is going on in your business or your life. It’s told by a brain scientist who had a severe stroke and lived to tell others how it changed her life for the better.


Don’t know what Tobi’s Book Club is? It’s my bi-monthly telecall highlighting my favorite business and self-improvement books. Think of it as my “Tobi’s notes” version of the biggest take-aways from my favorite books and my tips for how you can put these ideas to work in your business with success. So if you are too busy to read them for yourself, I’ll do the work for you and bring you just what you need to know to put these books to work in your life. Or if you want to read the book too, but still want my insights to pair with your own so you don’t miss any big business ideas, Tobi’s Book Club could be a perfect fit for you.


How do you get access to Tobi’s Book Club, you ask? Well it’s not available right now a la carte…you have to be a member of either my E-Coaching program or my Mastermind Consulting Group to get my book club as your special bonus. So if you have been considering either of these life-changing business programs or want to know more about them, please see all my business consulting options here. Sign up for monthly e-coaching or my year-long mentoring and coaching Mastermind program and get the exciting Tobi’s Book Club as a bonus.

I hope to see you in my Book Club. I can’t wait to read and share ideas with you all year long!


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